Hammel Woods Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shorewood, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
As I started my two mile trek, it was 22° and snowing. The woods shielded the noise from Joliet's busy hustle and bustle. As my thoughts become focused on winding trail, twisting along the Du Page River, I was thinking this region has seen many changes over the years.
In the early days of North America; Rivers brought commerce. The Illinois Du Page River was a very busy extension to the GreatLakes.
In 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and French explorer Louis Joliet came to the area, following the Illinois and DesPlaines Rivers from the Mississippi.
Trappers and traders came throughout the 1700s and early 1800s, the best known being a Frenchman by the name of DuPage. In 1800 he settled where the east and west branches of the river join, this area was rich in fish, game and vegetation.
Throughout the Great Lakes Region, a well known Spiritual Leader and War Chief for the Shawnee, Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813) came of age. He was responsible for ravaging settlements as far as, the Ohio Valley in the late 18th century parts of Kentucky and the frontier settlements Tennessee in the 1780s.
Chief Tecumseh's Shawnee Nation, as well as, the Miami, Iroquois, Sak, Fox , Kickapoo and Pottawatomi Indians Nations lived in this area.
Today, the Illinois Prairie River Basins, still has a remarkable eco-system and the parks are yours to enjoy!
Love this trail. 5 minutes from home and with plenty of parking and area businesses for a quick coffee or bite afterwards. Lotsa paths into the woods as well as a paved trail for bikers. Fishing is within the trail paths and bathrooms and picnic area for a family to enjoy the park.
This is my favorite bit of solitude. I come here frequently for trail running as well as hiking and just walking. There are nice trails as well as paved paths. The ravine is gorgeous throughout the year. Parts get very muddy or icy, but if you have a walking stick and are careful that's more than enough.
It was real peaceful. Very few people out so we just strolled thru the trails. Walked around the river side. Very clean and well kept up.
My favorite time to hike this trail is in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Very comfortable to walk either on the paved trail or the dirt trail through the woods.
A good all around trail that has it all - paved bike trails, dirt hiking trails & scenic views along the DuPage River. I only gave it 3 Stars because it is on the small side so long hikes or bike rides are out of the question. There is also a dedicated dog run for man's best friend.
Nice trail along the DuPage River in Will County. Paved biking trail as well as a dirt and grass trail through the forest following the river. Creeks wander the bluffs along the river. There is a dog park on one end of the Forest Preserve, and several groves with shelters and picnic tables. The AllTrails pin for this forest preserve is not correct on the map as shown, access is off of Route 59 just north of Route 52 on the east side of Rt 59 or off of Black Road east of Rt. 59.